DO OFFICERS HAVE A QUOTA TO MEET?
There are always rumours circulating that police officers have to meet quotas for handing out a certain amount of traffic tickets in a specific time period. There are those who believe that you may be more likely to receive a traffic ticket closer to the end of the month, as officers have to fulfill their monthly quota.
EVIDENCE FOR THE THEORY
Now we have evidence that even though the Police Departments will deny any kind of quota system, a department in Winnipeg has issued memos to its officers to meet specific quotas. So there might actually be some merit to these accusations.
CTV news reported that they have obtained internal police memos that Police Chief Keith McCaskill has sent to his officers. In the memos, it states that officers are expected to hand out a minimum of one traffic offence notice per cruiser per shift. Police Chief McCaskill is not calling this a traffic ticket quota however. He calls this a way of measuring an officer’s performance and a reminder.
WHEN IT SOUNDS LIKE A QUOTA AND WALKS LIKE A QUOTA…..
Had this been a memo stating or reminding the officers to look out for the safety of the public and to write out traffic tickets or even asking them to pay greater attention to speeders or careless drivers, then it would seem that the Chief is genuinely concerned and would like the officers to be “cracking down” on these violators. BUT in this case (and possibly in other cities) the memo clearly asked for a certain number of tickets in a certain time period. This can be easily interpreted as a classic Quota System. It actually seems that the Police Chief is completely denying this and would like to have the public believe that such quotas do not exist. Some people feel that he may be trying to cover up for the fact that this is actually a budget shortfall issue and doesn’t have anything to do with public safety at all.
The next time you hear the conspiracy theorists complaining about traffic ticket quotas in your local Police Department, don’t be so quick to ignore them and you may want to ease up on the accelerator near the end of the month, just in case! Just remember that Traffic Ticket Solutions is there in case you become a part of the quota statistics.
CTV: Winnipeg Police Defend Traffic Ticket Boost Sat August 8th 2009
Gordon St.Clair Jr : Police Memo Clears Up Doubt on Traffic Ticket Quotas Sat August 8th 2009
By: Sukh Nagra for Traffic Ticket Solutions